Short Poems

Short Poems

Why a Short Poem?

A short poem may be a stylistic choice or it may be that you have said what you intended to say in a more concise way. Either way, they differ stylistically from a long poem in that there tends to be more care in word choice. Since there are fewer words people tend to spend more time on choosing a word that fits the subject to perfection. Because of this meticulous attitude, writing a short poem is often more tedious than writing a long poem.

96 Short and Simple Poems

  1. 1. These Stories We Wear

    these stories we wear –

    scars,
    stretchmarks,
    wrinkles,

    are wrongly labelled
    as imperfections.

    but aren’t they such beautiful,
    courageous signs
    of how we have lived?

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  3. 2. Just The Beginning

    one day
    it will be so clear –
    what you thought
    was the end,
    was really
    just the beginning.

    Some doors are hidden
    until we are ready
    to open them.

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  5. 3. Snowflakes

    I caught snowflakes
    on my fingertips
    but they melted
    to my dismay.
    I could not hold on
    to something
    that did not want
    to stay.

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    Awesome. When more of us realize that, the better off we all will be. I really like this poem.

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  6. 4. Emotional Weather

    • By Danni
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009

    This poem was fun to write and it made my friend giggle on the rain line but yeah. Most of you will hate it but hey... I had fun. =]

    A rainbow
    Colours in the sky
    Sunlight
    Reflection in the window
    Rain
    Downpour of my heart
    Storm
    Anger letting go
    Snow
    Peaceful in the night
    Fog
    Troubles to get through

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    This poem actually is really "deep" it almost outlines the order of life and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoy many of your poems, but this only actually made me stop and gave me a new...

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  7. 5. Choose How You Spend Your Time

    I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of an empty page, or a computer screen. In part, because I’m terrified of being forgotten, of living a life that isn’t worth remembering. So I’m constantly trying to leave something behind, be it poetry, fiction, art or music. While this makes me feel better about dying, there is a part of me that wonders how much I’m missing out on. That wonders about how I’m choosing to spend my time in the light. This poem is featured in my debut book Tell The Birds She’s Gone.

    You cannot
    slow the setting
    of the sun.
    You can only choose
    how to spend
    your time
    in the light.

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  8. 6. The Dark Days Will Pass

    There will be dark days,
    when you feel alone
    with your aching heart
    but that doesn’t mean
    you will always be.
    The sun will always
    peer through the clouds.
    Let its light show you
    the love you have forgotten.

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    I think that is true to every person's life, and what he or she needs is patience that brings a glorious morning after a gloomy night. I had also once gone through such dark days, which later...

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  9. 7. Stronger

    She never let life
    or the weight that
    came along with it
    weigh her down, it
    only made her stronger.

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    I think that is what living is all about. We live, we learn, we make changes, and we live on; hopefully, stronger.

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  10. 8. My Life

    • By Kimberly L. Mixon
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016

    My life really hasn't been easy, and when it gets bad, I love to write my feelings down and transform them into poetry. Hope I can help uplift someone today.

    Hardships In Life

    My life hasn't been great,
    But I've made it through.
    My life hasn't been easy,
    But God said, "I've got you."
    My life hasn't been all I've wanted,
    But I have all that I need.
    For God so loved the world.
    That's what puts my mind at ease.

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  11. 9. Like The Moon

    I will be
    like the moon
    and learn to shine
    even when
    I am not whole.

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    Very insightful. Self-love can be (and maybe should be) the first love we encounter. Even when we're not perfect.

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  12. 10. What Healing Is Meant To Look Like

    I’ve been holding on to little fragments of you for a long time, because I could never bring myself to let you go all at once.

    But deep down, I know I need to let go of these pieces. I can’t move on when I’m living next to these reminders of the people we were - the way we wrapped ourselves in each other. I don’t know what healing is meant to look like, but this feels like a good place to start.

    I don’t know
    what healing
    is meant
    to look like,
    but washing
    the smell of you
    from my hoodie
    feels like
    a good place
    to start

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    I'm very fond of short, powerful, poems, and this is one for sure. Recovery can be the hardest thing we do, but it's always, always, worth it. Good write/read.

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  13. 11. Your Wounds

    You Are Stronger Than Your Scars

    Time doesn’t heal wounds
    to make you forget.

    It doesn’t heal wounds to
    erase the memories.

    Time leaves you with a scar
    to remind you of how you fought through it.

    Time leaves you with a scar
    to remind you of how you bled

    and how you survived.

    You survived.

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    Very nicely done. I totally agree with you. I've used this same approach in my own life. I think sometime we pay more attention to what we're about to go through instead of how much you've...

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  14. 12. Put Heartbreak To Rest

    Put heartbreak to rest.
    Untangle your soul
    from its tight grip.
    Say goodbye to the
    parts holding on.
    Move forward in peace
    and discover the new,
    evolved you.

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    These are the word I needed just to be in peace. I have experienced broken relationship ties from friendship ties, family ties and relationship ties. It's hard to let go, but I have to....

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  15. 13. Camouflaged

    • By Kim McCrea
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016

    I just write from the heart. Through events in my life, I find putting pen to paper is a great healer.

    Poem About The Beautiful Chaos Of Life

    In all chaotic beauty lies a wounded work of art.
    Beautiful but torn, wreaking havoc on my heart.
    Camouflaged by insecurities, blinded by it all.
    I love the way you sit there and barely notice me at all.

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    With death being the only certainty of life, life is just a bit too short for regrets.
    Let's live while we're alive.
    Let's love while we're alive.
    Let's live and not just survive.

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  16. 14. Be Proud Of Who You Are

    • By S Raine
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2010

    I try to instill in my daughters that we all are unique, so find yourself and be proud of who you are.

    I Am Unique

    I come with no wrapping or pretty pink bows.
    I am who I am, from my head to my toes.
    I tend to get loud when speaking my mind.
    Even a little crazy some of the time.
    I'm not a size 5 and don't care to be.
    You can be you and I can be me.
    I try to stay strong when pain knocks me down.
    And the times that I cry are when no one's around.
    To error is human or so that's what they say.
    Well, tell me who's perfect anyway.

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    I love this poem! People are always trying to fit in and be normal. I've always disregarded being "normal." What's the point? Why would I be someone I am not? I am perfectly happy the way I...

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  17. 15. Winter Lullabies

    Winter speaks
    in blusters
    and lullabies fall
    with the snow.
    Some float
    through the air
    like flecks
    of magic,
    and some
    settle like dreams
    that didn't want
    to be caught.

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  18. 16. Our Brothers We Shall Defend

    • By Justin Montana Williams
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2011

    I wrote this poem to describe the emotional pains soldiers bring home. I wrote this last year in the eighth grade. These brave men and women serve overseas and see the horrors of war. They will never forget but will never stop defending.

    To those whom I've fought with
    and to those I don't know your name,
    we fought by one another.
    You did not die in vain.
    We fought, you died,
    we bled, and I cried,
    Even until our untimely end,
    our country, our families, our brothers,
    we shall defend.

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  19. 17. Forever

    • By Terri Nicole Tharrington
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2012

    My name is Terri Nicole Tharrington. I am in the US NAVY and I have been writing poems since I was 14 years old. I want to get out of the military and major in writing but I am not sure how far it is going to get me. My poems started off depressing because of all of the complications and hurdles I faced growing up as a kid, but being around positive attitudes and finally believing in myself has gotten me a long way. Thanks for reading! Feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Short Poem About Forever

    Forever we remain oblivious to the future,
    lost to the past and enduring our torture.
    Forever we take chances to settle our scores,
    losing some battles and winning some wars.
    Forever praying out loud hoping someone will hear,
    forever crying softly but never shedding a tear.
    Forever exists behind a disguise,
    but the belief in forever keeps our hearts alive.

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    Very Inspiring and motivational. You can do anything you put your mind to. Keep having HEART!

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  20. 18. And The World Carries On

    The plates will still shift
    and the clouds will still spew.
    The sun will slowly rise
    and the moon will follow too.

    Life’s beauty will continue
    to flourish all around,
    but now you are gone,
    these birds have no sound.

    And my heart does not beat.
    It is still inside my chest.
    My tears keep on falling
    and my head will not rest.

    But I have no choice only
    to move through this life.
    Endlessly attempting
    to fill this longing that is rife.

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    This poem is really so good. I feel this poem; it's just amazing.

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  21. 19. The Comfort Of Pain

    As a poet, I’ve grown used to embracing pain; to treating it as the fuel I need to create. These days I hold sadness to my chest like it’s another organ, something I’m terrified to be without. This doesn’t mean I’m always depressed or continually sad, but it does mean that I’ve learned to rely on pain I’ve already experienced. Sometimes, I wonder if I’ve begun to seek it out, to find new ways to shatter this thing behind my ribs.

    Live this way long enough and, eventually, the heartbreak begins to feel comforting; like an old friend. If I’m honest, i can’t help thinking it’s the only thing I can rely on not to leave. It’s the closest thing I have to home.

    Live with it
    long enough
    and pain begins
    to feel familiar,

    even comforting.

    I guess when
    it’s the only constant
    even heartbreak
    can find a way

    to feel like home.

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  22. 20. A Day Away

    I've struggled with depression most of my life. I tend to see the worst in things and often need to be reminded of things most people do naturally. This short poem is one of those reminders. A great tragedy occurs when the bad days numb us to the good ones. Try to enjoy the good days, because they don't last that long. Try not to fear the bad days, because they won't last that long. Whether time is currently your friend or foe, however it can help you today, remember today won't last that long.

    Feelings And Perspective

    Some feelings are shallow, some feelings are deep.
    Some make us smile, some make us weep.

    Some we love, some we don't.
    Some we'll savor, some we won't.

    Some grounding, some uplifting,
    Some long-lasting, some constantly shifting.

    No matter what feelings I'm feeling today,
    I know tomorrow is only a day away.

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    I, too, have dealt with depression most of my life. I have learned two things. Feelings are just that. They are fleeting. They come and they go. I have also learned to rely on my rock, my...

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